Every letter than the Apostle Paul wrote, starts and ends with a prayer or confirmation that our Lord Jesus Christ has grace that He keeps with His saints. This is not a mere greeting habit that Paul repeated to break the ice and then get to the “meat” of what he wanted to write. Rather, these affirmation of, and prayers for, Jesus’ grace to believers is the very basis on which Paul functioned each day.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is the grace that saves us and also keeps us walking the Christian life. It is the wonderful gift at conversion, that keeps on giving. It is the goodness and kindness of Jesus to us to help us do what we otherwise cannot do—save ourselves, and excel in Christian living and ministry.
It is the grace of Jesus that enabled the Roman Christians to accept sound doctrine and excel in Christian love. It is the grace of Jesus that enabled the Corinthians Christians to deal decisively with all kinds of sins and reconcile again. It is the grace of Jesus that brought the Galatian Christians back from their obsession with anti-Gospel traditions. It is the grace of Jesus that matured the Ephesians Christians. It is the grace of Jesus that shaped the examples of Christian living to the Philippians. It is the grace of Jesus that established the Colossian Christians in simple doctrine and godliness. It is the grace of Jesus that made the Thessalonian Christians such examples to others. It is the grace of Jesus that strengthened Timothy and Titus for the joys and pains of pastoral ministry. It is the grace of Jesus that assured Paul that Philemon would indeed do more than is needed in covering a severe personal offence.
Likewise, it is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that saved you and me, and it is by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can do what Christ requires of us each day no matter how much it goes against the desires of our flesh or against the ways of this world.
But he gives more grace.James 4:6 (ESV)
Therefore it says,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”